All posts in Nutrition

Mediterranean Diet Prevents Aging of the Brain

Mediterranean Diet Prevents Aging of the Brain

A newly published  study from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, showed that older people who follow a Mediterranean diet may slow the loss of brain volume which naturally occurs as a  result of aging.

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by relatively  higher amounts of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beans and whole grain foods. The presence in the Western diet of more processed foods, especially sugars, and hydrogenated oils, has long been thought to promote the development of a range of diseases and aging in general.

More

Integrative Oncology Helps Cancer Patients with Safe Non Toxic Treatments

Integrative Oncology Helps Cancer Patients with Safe Non Toxic Treatments

For doctors and patients who wish to explore the effects of nutrition, and natural supplementation for those with cancer, the American Institute of Integrative Oncology suggests an approach to help patients with safe, non toxic treatments. The key is to focus on achieving the following goal:

Promote A Micro-environment That Is Not Supportive Of The Development, Proliferation, Progression Or The Metastasis Of Tumor Cells.

In conventional Oncology action is taken when a tumor is detected to eradicate the malignancy. After someone is in remission, surveillance is done to uncover a new tumor when it has arisen, at which time action is again taken to eradicate that malignancy. The Integrative Oncology approach uses biomarkers as early signs that may point to greater risk of tumor production or when recurrence may be more likely to occur. This method can be used by anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis to be more proactive than just using standard  screening methods for the recurrence of cancer before any action is taken. This approach is also used while patients are undergoing treatment under the care of  an Oncologist, to compliment that care.

These BIOMARKERS and NUTRIENT LEVELS can be evaluated and monitored as an indicator of progression, or risk of progression of disease. Appropriate steps can be taken when abnormal findings are uncovered.

BIOMARKERS

CRP                                        IL-6                                         IL-1              Ferritin            Fibrinogen

Insulin                                   HbA1C                                  Leptin            Ceruloplasmin

VitD                                       Copper                                 Zinc                 RBC Magnesium

 

The Most Important nutrients used in Integrative Oncology

Omega 3 Fatty Acids                       Green Tea-ECGC                              Vit D3

Magnesium                                        Resveratrol                                         Curcumin

Beta Glucan and Medicinal Mushrooms                 Brassica- rich nutrients-DIM

Lipoic Acid                                           Probiotics                                            Berberine

Multi-Vit-min  with activated B vitamins, without Copper or iron         Methylated B12

Vitamin C                                             Quercitin

The nutritional content of the diet is always of paramount importance. A low sugar diet is essential. Many advise taking the Dairy and Gluten Free approaches as well.

To round out lifestyle recommendations, exercise is important to those with cancer, as it is to everyone else. Many research studies have confirmed this.

For more of  my blog posts on cancer see…

http://drsobo.com/category/cancer-prevention/

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

More

Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

If you like spicy food it may contribute to your longevity. Research from the University of Vermont revealed in a study of over 16,000 people, that those who ate hot red chili peppers reduced their risk of death.

For hundreds of years, peppers have been thought to be beneficial for many health problems. This study lends credence to this belief. The data about chili consumption was collected from more than 16,000 Americans who were followed for approximately 20 years.

It is thought that capsaicin is the active component in chili peppers. Capsaicin is thought to effect both cellular and molecular mechanisms that improve the health of the cardiovascular system, and prevent obesity. Their ingestion also is thought to exert an antimicrobial effect, countering the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and improving the ecology of the gut. The researchers believe that chili peppers will become increasingly recognized as beneficial. “Because our study adds to the generalizability of previous findings, chili pepper — or even spicy food — consumption may become a dietary recommendation and/or fuel further research in the form of clinical trials,” says study author L. Chopan.

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

 

 

More

Sleep Deprivation Promotes Overeating, Study Says

Sleep Deprivation Promotes Overeating, Study Says

A new study, published  in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that sleep-deprived people consume an average of 385 calories more per day. Lead researcher Dr Gerda Pot, of the Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London says, “There may be some truth in the saying, “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise”.

More

Exercise Helps Protect Against Inflammatory Changes of Excessive Diet

Exercise Helps Protect Against Inflammatory Changes of Excessive Diet

Research in the past has shown that  inflammatory markers that can be measured in simple blood tests  are elevated in obesity. Also, it is known that a fairly brief period of overeating can raise these inflammatory markers. New research from the University of Michigan researchers shows that exercise protects against the changes in inflammatory markers that can occur after  a week of overeating.

In this study, the researchers studied four lean and active adults who ate 30 percent more calories than they normally would for one week. During the study, the subjects continued their regular exercise habits.

Dr Alison C. Ludzki lead researcher says,”Our preliminary findings suggest trends for increases in markers of inflammation (C-reactive protein, pJNK/JNK) after one week of overeating in people who do not exercise. ” They also found, however , that  among study subjects who were exercising  “overeating did not increase the protein content of markers of adipose tissue inflammation (i.e., pJNK/JNK, pERK/ERK) or circulating C-reactive protein.”

“Our preliminary findings expand on existing work to support a protective role of exercise in the metabolic response of adipose tissue to brief periods of overeating,” the researchers concluded

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

More

Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

A newly published study of 154 Swedish schoolchildren between nine and ten years old showed that three months of supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids improved reading their reading skills. The children in this study were divided into two groups to receive either capsules with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, or identical looking placebo capsules that did not contain them. Until the study was completed neither the children, their parents or the researchers knew which children had received the  fatty acids and which had received the placebo capsules.

More

Eating A Western Diet Promotes Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Eating  A Western Diet Promotes Development  of Alzheimer’s Disease

Rates of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, are on the rise    worldwide. The most important risk factors seem to be linked to the diet, especially the consumption of meat, sugar, and high-fat dairy products. A review article regarding the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, appearing in  the Journal of the American College of Nutrition  comes to the conclusion that the Western Diet is at least partly responsible for the rise in Alzheimer’s disease.

More